Fall Harvest: Corn Grain

I spent two days with Gabe Vogal, third generation of Vogal Family Farms, harvesting corn grains.

Vogal Family Farms is one of the bigger local farms in Manitowoc county, but Gabe thinks they are a mid-sized farm because there are bigger farms in the area.

Corn is the primary feed grain in the United States and it also proivdes the main energy ingredient to the livestock, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Besides corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa are also popular feed crops in this area.
Corn is the primary feed grain in the United States and it also proivdes the main energy ingredient to the livestock, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Besides corn, soy bean, winter wheat and alfalfa are also popular feed crops in this area.

I took a lot of shots on the first day, but I felt like it was just to observe and know the harvesting process, and get to the Gabe’s family background a little better. But the second day, I had a lot of luck making pictures.

As soon as I hopped into my car and headed to the location, a storm hit Manitowoc. There was rain, there was hail. But it passed in about 10 minutes and the Sun came out right after so I got to photograph the weird mixture of sun and the dark cloud. The golden hour that day was beautiful.

Gabe Vogal, 32, the third generation of Vogal Family Farm, harvests corn grains while the sun is setting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Vogal said the farmers can easily work 12 hours a day during the harvesting season and his average is from 14-16 hours. "Sometimes [it] could be a long day staring at corn all day," he said with a laughter, "It's a busy lifestyle, that's for sure."
Gabe Vogal, 32, the third generation of Vogal Family Farm, harvests corn grains while the sun is setting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Vogal said the farmers can easily work 12 hours a day during the harvesting season and his average is from 14-16 hours. “Sometimes [it] could be a long day staring at corn all day,” he said with a laughter, “It’s a busy lifestyle, that’s for sure.”
Gabe Vogal, 32, the third generation of Vogal Family Farm, harvests corn grains while the sun is setting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Vogal said the farmers can easily work 12 hours a day during the harvesting season and his average is from 14-16 hours. "Sometimes [it] could be a long day staring at corn all day," he said with a laughter, "It's a busy lifestyle, that's for sure."
Gabe Vogal, 32, the third generation of Vogal Family Farm, harvests corn grains while the sun is setting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Vogal said the farmers can easily work 12 hours a day during the harvesting season and his average is from 14-16 hours. “Sometimes [it] could be a long day staring at corn all day,” he said with a laughter, “It’s a busy lifestyle, that’s for sure.”

Corn grains are unloaded from the combine to a semi truck. One semi truck can load about 20 tons of corn per trip and the Vogal Family Farm could fill 10-12 loads a day.
Corn grains are unloaded from the combine to a semi truck. One semi truck can load about 20 tons of corn per trip and the Vogal Family Farm could fill 10-12 loads a day.
The top of the comine is full of corn grans that Gabe Vogal, co-owner of Vogal Family Farm, has just harvested from the field at the intersection of Rockwood Road and Interstate 43 on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Vogal Family Farm is a local medium-sized farm that manages about 1600 acres of crops and about 530 cows.
The top of the comine is full of corn grans that Gabe Vogal, co-owner of Vogal Family Farm, has just harvested from the field at the intersection of Rockwood Road and Interstate 43 on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Vogal Family Farm is a local medium-sized farm that manages about 1600 acres of crops and about 530 cows.
A semi truck is full of corn grains and ready to be hauled to the silo for unloading on the Vogal Family Farm's field on Wagon Wheel Raod on Thursday, Oct. 15. One semi truck can load about 20 tons of corn per trip and the Vogal Family Farm could fill 10-12 loads a day.
A semi truck is full of corn grains and ready to be hauled to the silo for unloading on the Vogal Family Farm’s field on Wagon Wheel Raod on Thursday, Oct. 15. One semi truck can load about 20 tons of corn per trip and the Vogal Family Farm could fill 10-12 loads a day.

I was on my way back to the city after I wrapped up with the Vogals. I drove passed this alfalfa field with weird clouds in the sky and I took a shot of it.

A feidl of alfalfa next to a harvested corn field on County Road B near Indian Springs Dairy Farm on Friday, Oct. 16. Alfalfa is one of the popular feed crops in this area and farmers could harvest them four to five times a year.
A feidl of alfalfa next to a harvested corn field on County Road B near Indian Springs Dairy Farm on Friday, Oct. 16. Alfalfa is one of the popular feed crops in this area and farmers could harvest them four to five times a year.
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